Today, there was a fire
I was standing near my door, getting ready to get in my car and drive to an armful of hugs and a face full of kisses; searching my pockets, taking a mental inventory, and swearing that I had forgotten something.
And I smelled burning
I knew immediately
where it was coming from (the front door), but I still turned all the way around
into my kitchen
(which is something I think everyone does when they smell burning).
Then I went outside, and the sky was lit up, like sunset
. In the middle
of the night
In the center of the incandescent span of deep glow was a single round, red orb
. A small hill in the distance, peaking above the flat horizon
, silently engulfed in flame
I yelled over my shoulder for my roommate
, and she arrived.
We stared for probably twenty minutes.
Never before has something coming undone looked so beautiful.